Thursday, June 23, 2011

Barry Larkin Collection 106: 1995 Fleer Flair - #339

Barry Larkin
Year:  1995
Brand:  Fleer Flair
Card number:  339

Throughout the last twenty years or so, there have been many different attempts to make baseball cards more like art and less like a child's toy.  Some sets have been quite successful (Upper Deck Masterpieces springs to mind immediately) while others much less so (Topps Gallery).  And then, there are the sets that kind-of, sort-of pull it off.  For me, Fleer Flair is a line that falls right in the midle.  There are certain aspects of the card design that are quite nice, and yet, as a whole it doesn't entirely work.

First, the good:  I like the action shot on the front of the card and I like the back (given that you have to accept Fleer's standard five or six years of statistics rather than full career).  I also like the photo on the back of the card - especially since it differs from either photo on the front.

As for the bad:  I really don't like the wedding invitation looking letters for the player's name.  I don't like how difficult it is to read the player and team name on the front, and in a similar way, how small and difficult to read the card number is on the back.  I'm also not much of a fan of the mug shot photo that Fleer used for Larkin, though that's probably much more personal preference than anything else!

All told, despite the fact that the card has a number of flaws, it's still a pretty solid set.  If I had a lot of money and free time (and storage space), I could see myself tracking down this Flair set (and some of the other years as well).

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